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Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights

The Court, based in Strasbourg, was set up as a result of the European Convention on Human Rights, created in 1950. This set out a catalogue of civil and political rights and freedoms. It allows people to lodge complaints against States which have signed up to the Convention for alleged violations of those rights. Although founded in 1950, the Court did not actually come into existence until 1959. It gained its present form as a single European Court of Human Rights when Protocol No. 11 to the ECHR took effect in 1998.

The Court is currently made up of 47 judges, one in principle for every State signed up to the Convention. They are elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and serve for six years. Judges sit on the Court as individuals and do not represent their country.  Website: www.echr.coe.int/Pages/home.aspx?p=home
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Allanazarova v. Russia

14 February 2017 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Legal Instrument: 1950 European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) | Topic(s): Chinese - Extradition - Minority rights - Physical harm - Prison or detention conditions - Refugee / Asylum law | Countries: Russian Federation - Turkmenistan

Paraskeva Todorova c. Bulgarie

25 March 2010 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Criminal justice - Discrimination based on race, nationality, ethnicity - Human rights and fundamental freedoms - Minority rights - Right to justice - Roma | Countries: Bulgaria

D.H. and Others v. Czech Republic

This judgment is final but may be subject to editorial revision. For the Second Section judgment see: D.H. and Others v. Czech Republic dated 13 November 2007.

13 November 2007 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Children's rights - Country of origin information (COI) - Discrimination based on race, nationality, ethnicity - Equal opportunities - Minority rights - Right to education - Roma | Countries: Czech Republic

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